Objective: Children will gain a better understanding of the body parts, life cycle of insects and names of insects.


  • Find drawings or pictures of insects from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Print out the attached template of fly sack puppet.   fly puppet pattern
  • Have green, blue, and purple crayons with paper peeled off.
  • Paper sacks.
  • Mix together green and silver glitter glue.
  • Cut ¾” x 6″ strips of black construction paper.
  • Suggested books:
  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  3. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle


Before beginning the lesson have the children, paint the eyes for their sack puppet with glitter glue. Make sure they have a very thin coating so it will be dry when it comes time to cut them out and attach them to the sack.  (This can be done the day before or as soon as class starts.)

Read the book(s) then discuss while showing pictures.

Discuss the body parts of an insect. Here’s a link to a diagram:

  • Head
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen
  • 6 legs (attached to thorax)
  • 4 wings (some varieties)
  • antennae [an-ten-ee] (plural for antenna)

Discuss the life cycle of insects. Here’s  a link to a diagram:

  • Egg
  • Larvae
  • Pupa (cocoon)
  • Adult

Use pictures to help the children name different types of insects (bumblebee, moths, flies, ants, beetles, etc.) and ask questions and discuss each named insect.

Possible Discussion Questions:

  • Where does the insect live?
  • What does it eat?
  • What likes to eat the insect?
  • What does the insect spend its day and night doing?
  • How does it hide?
  • How does the insect defend itself?
  • How does the insect help humans/environment?
    • bees make honey and pollinate our plants.
    • flies eat and clean up our trash and dead animals.
    • insects can be a source of food for some animals including humans.
  • How does the insect hurt humans/environment?
    • Mosquitoes spread disease such as malaria, west Nile virus, etc.
    • Flies have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs.

Activity: Fly Sack Puppet

  1. Glitter glue the eyes and let dry.  (Best done the day before.)
  2. Rub the wings with the side of purple, blue and green crayons and cut them out.
  3. Glue wings to the back side of a paper sack.
  4. Staple the 6 black legs with 3 legs on each side of sack. (Can accordion fold the legs.)
  5. Cut out and glue the eyes onto the flap of the sack

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